Consistent with the island’s history of medical internationalism, Cuba has sent medical brigades to many countries to combat the virus. A brigade of 52 doctors and nurses was sent to Lombardi, Italy—the hardest hit region in the hardest hit country at the time. The Cuban government has dispatched hundreds of doctors and medical personnel to Venezuela (130), Jamaica (140), Nicaragua, Suriname, Grenada, St. Vincent, St. Lucia, and St. Kitts.
I speak with Emilia Fernández Rodríguez, an IT engineer who has been working during the last 12 years as an Occupational health and safety specialist and in risk management at an International Clinic in Havana, Cuba. Because of difficulties with internet connections, I will be recording this interview by phone and will upload the recording here for people to listen to: https://darajapress.com/2020/04/20/cubas-internationalism-and-domestic-challenges